As unwanted Internet and computer intrusions become increasingly sophisticated, individuals, businesses and governments face extraordinary risk. Breaches now generate headlines with increasing frequency and command priority attention in corporate boardrooms and government agencies across the U.S. and around the world.
Who We Are
As the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences and growth enterprises world-wide, WSGR is at the forefront of privacy and cybersecurity law in the United States and throughout the world. A distinguishing feature of our team is its roster of government veterans and civil trial lawyers. Our practice includes former senior officials in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division, the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the U.S. military contracting functions, and the former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. It also includes some of the nation's leading litigators, veteran trial lawyers who have worked on cutting-edge data privacy and security issues for technology companies.
What We Do
We provide comprehensive representation to protect data and manage risk at every stage.
- Compliance, counseling and prevention. WSGR helps clients understand and satisfy their obligations to protect data. We advise clients on measures that minimize the threat of potential Internet and cyber attacks.
- Response to data breaches/cyber attacks. When a breach or cyber attack occurs, we lead or collaborate with crisis teams, providing practical, seasoned advice to respond internally and to relevant government agencies, other constituencies and the public. We work with computer forensic experts to investigate the breach. We also help companies to recover after a breach, advising on what information can be disclosed to third parties, whether, how, and to whom notice must be provided; and what remedies and other options are available under relevant laws.
- Government investigations and litigation. We have an experienced team specializing in government investigations and enforcement actions. We have represented clients at every stage of an investigation and enforcement action, from advising on initial fact-finding (including responding to letters of inquiry or subpoenas) to more formal investigations (including representing clients in parallel criminal and civil proceedings). We also advise clients facing inquiries from key federal enforcement agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the FBI, the Secret Service and other Department of Homeland Security offices and agencies, members of the Intelligence Community, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state and local agencies, including investigations led by various state attorneys general.
- Civil litigation and class actions. Our team of trial lawyers has decades of experience defending class action litigation from the earliest stages through trial. We have advised clients on formidable online security issues, including business interruptions caused by Internet attacks, the prevention of corporate or consumer data breaches, and mobile computing and smart device security. We have established groundbreaking precedent through effective, creative advocacy.